Counterweights are required in many types of equipment to allow the system to work properly. They can be simple steel plates or can be designed with complex geometrics because of the compartments in which they need to be placed. There are many factors that need to be considered when you are designing a product that requires counterweights.
- How much counterweight will you need?
- Is the counterweight going to be a freestanding part or will it be inside a compartment as one assembly?
- How much space does the application have?
- Are there benefits to reduce the space or size of the counterweight?
- What are the mechanical properties needed of the counterweight and what environment is it going into?
- Are there benefits to add more weight to the counterweight compartment?
- Will the counterweight(s) need to be removed or will trim balancing be needed?
There are many options for counterweight designs in geometry and material. Although steel is a good option, in many instances it alone cannot attain the goals, so other metals such as lead must be used. Lead is 31% more dense than steel.
Lead Counterweights- A Good Option
Since lead melts at a relatively low temperature, it allows for steel shells or other components to be filled. It can also be cast into shapes that allow it to be poured into a tool providing a lead weight that can be installed into a specific geometry. Lead counterweights can be powder coated or painted to cover the lead for handling purposes.
Counterweights are used in:
- Medical equipment
- Bridge counterweights
- Rotating products
- Industrial applications
- Fork Trucks & Lifts
- Bridge Weights
- Elevator Weights
- Sonar Weights